In Sociocracy, how can we make a consent decision if circle members are absent?

Technically, you can’t. There are several workarounds, and it’s good as a circle to decide on an absentee policy so you know what to do in those moments.

  • Option A: have every circle member consent and ask for consent from absent circle members later. (The decision is only made after everyone consents.)
  • Option B: make a policy that people who are absent can’t object. (Carries the risk of power struggles and deterioration of trust)
  • Option C: ask circle members’ opinions on proposals before the meeting. (Leaves lack of clarity if the proposed changes with amendments during the meeting.)

For more information, check out our handbook Many Voices One Song section 3.2.5